The One Where We Get Away from the Snow and Go to Disney World

This post was supposed to be last week’s List it Tuesday.  But, do you know what?  I was just way too exhausted from getting home from our trip to Disney World to even think about trying to process some pictures and get them ready to post.

This week, however, I’m all set for the List it Tuesday where we enjoyed nine days in Disney World.  Let me just say though – if you have ever wondered whether nine days in Disney World is a little too long, you might be right.  We went to parks every day and were exhausted.  On the up side, I walked about 140,000 steps in a seven day period.

16 Things We Did on Our Disney World Trip

plane

We hopped on a plane and left the snowy Midwest behind.

a_m_plane

I got to sit on the plane by my favorite girl.  She let me squeeze her leg when I got nervous.  She’s a pal like that.

tsa

Disney briefly lost one of our pieces of luggage.  We used their service where they’ll pick up your luggage for you and then deliver it right to your room.  When we were short one bag, we had to call luggage service at our resort.  They showed themselves as delivering the correct number, so they said that probably meant they dropped off one of our suitcases in the wrong room.  Yikes!

About 30 – 40 minutes later, they showed up at our room with our suitcase.  Said suitcase also had a note in it that it had been opened and inspected by TSA.  Know what?  The exact same bag had the exact same note in it when we got home.  Yep, it was inspected yet again on the way home.

dumbo

Although we sought out some of the more exciting rides, Dumbo was surprisingly fun, as always.

be_our_guest

We scored dinner reservations at the popular New Fantasyland restaurant Be Our Guest.  I tried to get a reservation from the time we booked our vacation with no luck.  It was only the week before that I managed to get some very late dinner reservations.  And, then while we were actually there, I scored a regular dinner time reservation.  We loved it!

grey_stuff

The song doesn’t lie and nor do the dishes – the grey stuff IS delicious!  Not to be contrary though, but we would probably recommend the cupcakes over the grey stuff though.  The strawberry cream cheese cupcake was heavenly.  We actually each ordered our own desserts and then a grey stuff to share.  (Yes, this really is called “the grey stuff.”)

castle

We ate at this pretty magical place too.  This time we ate dinner at Cinderella Castle, and last time we ate breakfast.  We have all decided that we preferred dinner.

(We had a discounted regular dining plan.  That’s how we managed to go to so many character and other special sit down meals.)

france

Ooh la la!  We visited France.  Not only did I get a box of macarons each time, but the boys also worked on their French skills by ordering their own things in French.

frying_pan_swing

Our little Rapunzel met a bigger Rapunzel.  Rapunzel called Molly her twin and asked if Molly had been shopping from her closet.  She then taught her the correct procedure for swinging a frying pan.

rapunzel

We were excited to see a new addition to the park from our last visit.  Rapunzel’s tower (which they were just putting in when we were there last) now towered over Rapunzel’s kingdom.  Of course, it would be more exciting if this area was more than just seating and bathrooms.  But, it’s especially beautiful at night when all those lights are flickering and look like floating lanterns.  It made my Tangled-loving heart sing.

kids_with_Stitch

Hang out with one of Noah’s favorites – the one and only Experiment #626 – Stitch.

minnie

Molly always insists on a picture of just her and Minnie.  Interesting factoid: Minnie was actually on our name list when we were expecting Molly.  Not for Minnie Mouse though.  (Other names on the list included things like Tuesday, Poppy, and Scout.)

pf_njm

Dance party with Phineas and Ferb!  Those guys were pretty hilarious.

piglet

Piglet is just as sweet and cute in person as you would imagine.  I think that Disney picks some very special people to be in the Piglet character because he’s always just perfect.

poohs_house

Oh, you know, just chillin’ in Pooh’s house, that’s all.

toy_story_mania

Jack’s reaction (okay, maybe it was staged) after we had to be rescued from the Toy Story Mania ride.  It went down right after we finished on the ride but before we actually got out.  They had to manually release the harnesses on each of the cars so we could get out.  Then we had to hang out in one spot while they freed other people too.

They were very nice and gave us FastPasses to go on the ride again sometime in the next few days.  We were going back in that time frame, so we split our five passes between two different families a couple of days later who were waiting for the bus to Hollywood Studios.

We had lots of other adventures too, but this, I suppose, is about as long as I should share.  We had a wonderful time, just like we have for the prior two years.  We figure this was our last trip for a few years though.  So, we made sure to ride some of our favorites over and over.  I think we even beat last year’s record of seven times on Big Thunder Mountain.  And, Molly and I can now say that we rode the Tower of Terror four times (the guys all just did it twice).

Of course, now this means that we probably need to come up with a considerably less expensive vacation for next year.  Road trip, anyone?

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Comments

  1. says

    Looks like you guys had so much fun! We grew up going to Disney every year and some of them were 9+ day trips and I swear you need a vacation from your vacation. They are a lot of fun though and I wouldn’t trade the memories for anything

  2. says

    Hi Angie, I just found your blog, and really liked your post about helping families with newborns! Anyway, it looks like you all had a great time in Disney! I really want to take my son, but he’s only 18 months old, so we still have to wait a while, sadly.
    You have a beautiful family!

  3. says

    Love! As many times as we’ve been to Disney, we’ve never done the Princess meal at the castle. Have you done the one in EPCOT (Norway)? How does it compare? We’ve done that one a couple of times and been quite pleased. We did the Disneyland Paris version of Cinderella’s royal table a few years ago and were kind of underwhelmed.

    And, yes, Piglet! Ah! We make a stop at CP on every trip.

    • says

      We haven’t done the restaurant in Norway, so I can’t compare. I have thought about it, but the menu has never sounded like something my kids would want. We really like dining in the castle. Of course, I could never stomach doing it without the dining plan. Our bill would have been almost $300! Yikes!

      • says

        The Norway meal is a buffet, so we are always able to find *something* everyone will eat. (Not that the kids care about the food that much, anyway.) I think we priced out the castle meal at just a little less than that, because all three of our kids are young enough to still be considered kid prices. (I think it changes at nine?) Anyway, even with the meal plan, they charge you TWO table service meals for this one, which means we’d have to give up a meal on another day. We could make that work, but mentally I just have a hard time justifying it.

        • says

          I don’t really mind giving up the two table service credits for it. It especially worked out this time around because we got in late afternoon on our first day, so in a way, we ended up with an extra sit down meal credit, since we only used a quick service meal that day.

  4. says

    There is NO place like Disney! I grew up going to Disney every year and wish I could afford to with my children. We have gone a few times and it never disappoints! Looks like you all had a wonderful time there as well. :)

  5. kate says

    I loved reading about your adventure… I can hear your lovely voice the entire time! Thanks for sharing :)

    • says

      I didn’t ride the Rockin’ Roller Coaster. That sounded too scary to me. That sounds funny when I would have ridden something like the Tower of Terror all day if I could have though.

      Hey – there ya go. That’s our personal retreat. We just all go to Disney World. We won’t get any work done, but that would be fun. LOL

    • says

      Agent J (my-five-year-old) is stoked that she may be tall enough for the Aerosmith roller coaster next visit. (The height requirement is 4 feet/48 inches. It will be just after she turns six. She’s tall.) She’s a huge fan of tower of terror, too. (She rode that for the first time at four.) FTR, my other daughter won’t even *look* at these rides.